Kindred Group has entered into a new agreement with trusted partner Kambi for their B2B sports betting services until the end of 2026. In addition to the agreement, Kindred is extending its current award-winning proprietary Kindred Racing Platform into a full in-house Sportsbook platform, which reflects Kindred’s long-term strategy of greater end-to-end control of its product offering and customer experience.
Kindred Group plc (Kindred) has signed a new three-year agreement with long-term partner Kambi Group (Kambi) providing Kindred with operational security of its Sportsbook until the end of 2026. In addition to the new agreement, and to fully deliver on its long-term strategy, Kindred is developing its proprietary Kindred Racing Platform (KRP) into a complete in-house Sportsbook platform. Moving onto a proprietary Sportsbook over time will enable Kindred to offer customers a unique end-to-end product experience, while securing greater control of the offering and improving operational efficiency.
Kindred already today operates with a mix of suppliers across all product segments with nearly 40 per cent of sportsbook Gross winnings revenue in 2021 derived from proprietary products and in-house trading. Kindred’s Sportsbook platform will combine in-house and third party products to ensure a first-class end-to-end customer experience while lowering the Group’s supplier risk exposure. As such, Kambi’s high-quality technology and services will remain an integral part of Kindred’s Sportsbook offering and Kindred will continue to work with Kambi to evolve the partnership both during and beyond the current contract period.
“As we increase our footprint across Europe, North America and Australia, and expand our revenue from locally regulated markets, we are taking a close look at how our product suite is set up. Our award-winning Kindred Racing Platform, developed over the past eight years, is consistently performing above expectations, and has seen significant above market growth since it was launched. We are excited to have taken this step and to develop it into a full Sportsbook, while also securing a continued collaboration with our long-term and valued partner Kambi for the coming five years”, comments Henrik Tjärnström, CEO Kindred Group.
“The experienced team behind the Kindred Racing Platform, who built it with sports betting in mind from the start, are well into the process of expanding the platform into an in-house controlled Sportsbook platform. Following the Relax Gaming acquisition in 2021 this is the next step in our long-term strategy of securing greater product control”, concludes Henrik Tjärnström.
Kristian Nylén, CEO and Co-founder, Kambi Group, said: “Kambi and Kindred continue to enjoy a fantastic relationship and I’m delighted this agreement sees both parties to commit until 2026. Kambi prides itself on being the key enabler for visionary operators in regulated markets across the world, and we look forward to supporting Kindred with our modularised sportsbook technology and services over the next five years.”
Kindred’s total Sportsbook related headcount today consists of approximately 200 employees and is expected to double in the period up until rolled out across selected markets. The in-house Sportsbook provides a significant future profitability improvement potential through operational efficiency, a highly scalable and localised product offering, as well as the ability to fully control targeted trading and customer experience considerations.
This disclosure contains information that Kindred Group is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU nr 596/2014) and the Swedish Securities Markets Act (2007:528). The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person, on 08-02-2022 23:00 CET.
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About Kindred Group
Kindred Group is one of the world’s leading online gambling operators with business across Europe, US and Australia, offering over 30 million customers across 9 brands a great form of entertainment in a safe, fair and sustainable environment. The company, which employs about 1,600 people, is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm Large Cap and is a member of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) and founding member of IBIA (International Betting Integrity Association). Kindred Group is audited and certified by eCOGRA for compliance with the 2014 EU Recommendation on Consumer Protection and Responsible Gambling (2014/478/EU). Read more on www.kindredgroup.com.
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